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SSSO - Shine Senior Science Olympiad

Shine Senior Science Olympiad is designed by Graposs Connect for Shine Olympiad to promote scientific awareness and temperament among students and encourage them to embrace the scientific way of life.

Science senior science olympiads are focused on preparing senior students for a career in scientific fields while strengthening foundational understanding.

SSSO is conducted in the three core science subjects:

  • SSSO- Biology
  • SSSO- Chemistry
  • SSS0- Physics
Available for grades 11th and 12th.
Language Mediums: English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati.
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Syllabus & Marking scheme

Syllabus

Units and Measurements; Motion in a Straight Line; Motion in a Plane; Laws of Motion; Work, Energy and Power; System of Particles and Rotational; Motion; Gravitation; Mechanical Properties of Solids; Mechanical Properties of Fluids; Thermal Properties of Matter; Thermodynamics; Kinetic Theory; Oscillations; Waves


Marking scheme
Section Number of Questions
Physics 50
  • The Olympiad exam will have a total of 50 questions as per the table above.
  • 1 Mark shall be given for every correct answer.
  • There shall be no Negative marking.
  • Students shall be given 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • Percentile Ranks shall be given to all students.
  • Toppers shall be decided from the top percentile ranks on the basis of raw scores and time taken by the student to complete the exam.

Sample Paper Questions

Q.1- A body covers half the distance with a speed of 20 m/s and the other half with a speed of 30 m/s. The average velocity of the body during the whole journey is:
  • a. zero
  • b. 24 m/s
  • c. 25 m/s
  • d. none of these
Q.2- The speed of a boat is 5 km/h in still water. It crosses a river of width 1 km along the shortest possible path in 15 min. The velocity of the river water is_____
  • a. 1 km/h
  • b. 3 km/h
  • c. 4 km/h
  • d. 5 km/h
Q.3- A particle of mass 100 g is thrown vertically upwards with a speed of 5 m/s. The work done by the force of gravity during the time the particle goes up is:
  • a. -1.25 J
  • b. 1.25 J
  • c. 0.5 J
  • d. -0.5 J
Q.4- A block of mass 50 kg slides over a horizontal distance of 1m. If the coefficient of friction between their surfaces is 0.2, then work done against friction is____
  • a. 98 J
  • b. 45 J
  • c. 90 J
  • d. 75 J
Q.5- The number of significant figures in 0.06900 is:
  • a. 5
  • b. 4
  • c. 2
  • d. 3
Q.6- The numbers 2.745 and 2.735 on rounding off to 3 significant figures will give:
  • a. 2.75 and 2.74
  • b. 2.74 and 2.73
  • c. 2.75 and 2.73
  • d. 2.74 and 2.74
Syllabus

Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties; Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure; States of Matter; Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; The s-Block Elements; The p-Block Elements; Organic Chemistry; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry;


Marking scheme
Section Number of Questions
Chemistry 50
  • The Olympiad exam will have a total of 50 questions as per the table above.
  • 1 Mark shall be given for every correct answer.
  • There shall be no Negative marking.
  • Students shall be given 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • Percentile Ranks shall be given to all students.
  • Toppers shall be decided from the top percentile ranks on the basis of raw scores and time taken by the student to complete the exam.

Sample Paper Questions

Q.1- A measured temperature on Fahrenheit scale is 200 °F. What will this reading be on Celsius scale?
  • a. 40°C
  • b. 94°C
  • c. 93.3°C
  • d. 30°C
Q.2- If 500 mL of a 5M solution is diluted to 1500 mL, what will be the molarity of the solution obtained?
  • a. 1.5 M
  • b. 1.66 M
  • c. 0.017 M
  • d. 1.59 M
Q.3- Two atoms are said to be isobars if.
  • a. they have same atomic number but different mass number.
  • b. they have same number of electrons but different number of neutrons.
  • c. they have same number of neutrons but different number of electrons.
  • d. sum of the number of protons and neutrons is same but the number of protons is different.
Q.4- Which of the following statements is not true about classical smog?
  • a. Its main components are produced by the action of sunlight on emissions of automobiles and factories.
  • b. Produced in cold and humid climate.
  • c. It contains compounds of reducing nature.
  • d. It contains smoke, fog and sulphur dioxide.
Q.5- The density of dots in a region represents the probability density of finding electrons in the region. On the basis of above diagram which of the following statements is incorrect?
  • a. 1 1s and 2s orbitals are spherical in shape.
  • b. The probability of finding the electron is maximum near the nucleus.
  • c. The probability of finding the electron at a given distance is equal in all directions.
  • d. The probability density of electrons for 2s orbital decreases uniformly as distance from the nucleus increases.
Q.6- The number of atoms present in one mole of an element is equal to Avogadro number. Which of the following element contains the greatest number of atoms?
  • a. 4g He
  • b. 46g Na
  • c. 0.40g Ca
  • d. 12g He
Syllabus

The Living world; Biological Classification; Plant Kingdom; Animal Kingdom; Morphology of Flowering Plants; Structural Organisation in Animals; Cell: The Unit of Life; Biomolecules; Cell Cycle and Cell Division; Transport in Plants; Mineral Nutrition; Photosynthesis in Higher Plants; Respiration in Plants; Plant Growth and Development; Digestion and Absorption; Breathing and Exchange of Gases; Body Fluids and Circulation; Excretory Products and their Elimination; Locomotion and Movement; Neural Control and Coordination; Chemical Coordination and Integration; Anatomy of Flowering Plants


Marking scheme
Section Number of Questions
Biology 50
  • The Olympiad exam will have a total of 50 questions as per the table above.
  • 1 Mark shall be given for every correct answer.
  • There shall be no Negative marking.
  • Students shall be given 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • Percentile Ranks shall be given to all students.
  • Toppers shall be decided from the top percentile ranks on the basis of raw scores and time taken by the student to complete the exam.

Sample Paper Questions

Q.1- Botanical gardens and zoological parks have:
  • a. Collection of endemic living species only.
  • b. Collection of exotic living species only.
  • c. Collection of endemic and exotic living species.
  • d. Collection of only local plants and animals.
Q.2- Organisms living in salty areas are called as:
  • a. Methanogens.
  • b. Halophiles.
  • c. Heliophytes.
  • d. Thermoacidophiles.
Q.3- A dikaryon is formed when:
  • a. Meiosis is arrested.
  • b. The two haploid cells do not fuse immediately.
  • c. Cytoplasm does not fuse.
  • d. None of the above
Q.4- Difference between Virus and Viroid is:
  • a. Absence of protein coat in viroid but present in virus.
  • b. Presence of low molecular weight RNA in virus but absent in viroid.
  • c. Both a and b
  • d. None of the above
Q.5- In an inflorescence where flowers are borne laterally in an acropetal succession, the position of the youngest floral bud in the floral axis shall be:
  • a. Proximal
  • b. Distal
  • c. Intercalary
  • d. Any where
Q.6- As we go from species to kingdom in a taxonomic hierarchy, the number of common characteristics:
  • a. Will decrease.
  • b. Will increase.
  • c. Remain same.
  • d. May increase or decrease.
Syllabus

Electric Charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance; Current Electricity; Moving Charges and Magnetism; Magnetism and Matter; Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current Electromagnetic waves; Ray optics and Optical Instruments; Wave Optics; Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter; Atoms; Nuclei; Semiconductor Electronics; Communication Systems;


Marking scheme
Section Number of Questions
Physics 50
  • The Olympiad exam will have a total of 50 questions as per the table above.
  • 1 Mark shall be given for every correct answer.
  • There shall be no Negative marking.
  • Students shall be given 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • Percentile Ranks shall be given to all students.
  • Toppers shall be decided from the top percentile ranks on the basis of raw scores and time taken by the student to complete the exam.

Sample Paper Questions

Q.1- A point charge +q is placed at a distance d from an isolated conducting plane. The field at a point P on the other side of the plane is:
  • a. directed perpendicular to the plane and away from the plane.
  • b. directed perpendicular to the plane but towards the plane.
  • c. directed radially away from the point charge.
  • d. directed radially towards the point charge.
Q.2- A positively charged particle is released from rest in an uniform electric field. The electric potential energy of the charge:
  • a. remains a constant because the electric held is uniform.
  • b. increases because the charge moves along the electric field.
  • c. decreases because the charge moves along the electric field.
  • d. decreases because the charge moves opposite to the electric field.
Q.3- The Electric field at a point is:
  • a. always continuous.
  • b. continuous if there is no charge at that point.
  • c. discontinuous only if there is a negative charge at that point.
  • d. discontinuous if there is a charge at that point.
Q.4- Equipotential surfaces:
  • a. are closer in regions of large electric fields compared to regions of lower electric fields.
  • b. will be more crowded near sharp edges of a conductor.
  • c. will be more crowded near regions of large charge densities.
  • d. will always be equally spaced.
Q.5- Two heater wires of equal length are first connected in series and then in parallel. The ratio of heat produced in the two cases is:
  • a. 2:1
  • b. 1:2
  • c. 4:1
  • d. 1:4
Q.6- The length of a given cylindrical wire is increased by 100%. Due to the consequent decreases in diameter the change in the resistance of the wire will be___
  • a. 300%
  • b. 200%
  • c. 100%
  • d. 50%
Syllabus

Reproduction in Organisms; Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants; Human Reproduction; Reproductive Health; Principle of Inheritance and variation; Molecular Basis of Inheritance Evolution; Human Health and Diseases; Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production; Microbes in Human Welfare; Biotechnology: Principles and Processes; Biotechnology and its Applications; Organisms and Populations; Ecosystem; Biodiversity and Conservation; Environmental Issues;


Marking scheme
Section Number of Questions
Biology 50
  • The Olympiad exam will have a total of 50 questions as per the table above.
  • 1 Mark shall be given for every correct answer.
  • There shall be no Negative marking.
  • Students shall be given 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • Percentile Ranks shall be given to all students.
  • Toppers shall be decided from the top percentile ranks on the basis of raw scores and time taken by the student to complete the exam.

Sample Paper Questions

Q.1- The term "clone" cannot be applied to offspring formed by sexual reproduction because:
  • a. Offspring do not possess exact copies of parental DNA
  • b. DNA of only one parent is copied and passed on to the offspring
  • c. Offspring are formed at different times
  • d. DNA of parent and offspring are completely different.
Q.2- A multicellular, filamentous alga exhibits a type of sexual life cycle in which the meiotic division occurs after the formation of zygote. The adult filament of this alga has:
  • a. haploid vegetative cells and diploid gametangia
  • b. haploid vegetative cells and diploid gametangia
  • c. haploid vegetative cells and diploid gametangia
  • d. haploid vegetative cells and haploid gametangia.
Q.3- Morula is a developmental stage:
  • a. Between the zygote and blastocyst
  • b. Between the blastocyst and gastrula
  • c. After the implantation
  • d. Between implantation and parturition
Q.4- All genes located on the same chromosome:
  • a. Form different groups depending upon their relative distance
  • b. Form one linkage group
  • c. Will not from any linkage groups
  • d. Form interactive groups that affect the phenotype
Q.5- Distance between the genes and percentage of recombination shows:
  • a. a direct relationship
  • b. an inverse relationship
  • c. a parallel relationship
  • d. no relationship
Q.6- Spot the odd one out from the following structures with reference to the male reproductive system.:
  • a. Rete testis
  • b. Epididymis
  • c. Vasa efferentia
  • d. Isthmus
Syllabus

Solid State; Solutions; Electrochemistry; Chemical Kinetics; Surface Chemistry;General Processes of Isolation of Elements; The p-Block Elements; The d- and f-Block Elements; Coordination Compounds; Haloalkanes and Haloarenes; Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids; Amines; Biomolecules; Polymers; Chemistry in Everyday Life;


Marking scheme
Section Number of Questions
Chemistry 50
  • The Olympiad exam will have a total of 50 questions as per the table above.
  • 1 Mark shall be given for every correct answer.
  • There shall be no Negative marking.
  • Students shall be given 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • Percentile Ranks shall be given to all students.
  • Toppers shall be decided from the top percentile ranks on the basis of raw scores and time taken by the student to complete the exam.

Sample Paper Questions

Q.1- Which of the following conditions favours the existence of a substance in the solid state?
  • a. High temperature
  • b. Low temperature
  • c. High thermal energy
  • d. Weak cohesive forces
Q.3- Which of the following units is useful in relating concentration of solution with its vapour pressure?
  • a. mole fraction
  • b. parts per million
  • c. mass percentage
  • d. molality
Q.4- On dissolving sugar in water at room temperature solution feels cool to touch. Under which of the following cases dissolution of sugar will be most rapid?
  • a. Sugar crystals in cold water.
  • b. Sugar crystals in hot water.
  • c. Powdered sugar in cold water.
  • d. Powdered sugar in hot water.
Q.5- Considering the formation, breaking and strength of hydrogen bond, predict which of the following mixtures will show a positive deviation from Raoult’s law?
  • a. Methanol and acetone.
  • b. Chloroform and acetone.
  • c. Nitric acid and water.
  • d. Phenol and aniline.
Q.6 Which of the following process does not occur at the interface of phases?
  • a. crystallization
  • b. heterogenous catalysis
  • c. homogeneous catalysis
  • d. corrosion
Q.2- Which of the following is not a characteristic of a crystalline solid?
  • a. Definite and characteristic heat of fusion.
  • b. Isotropic nature.
  • c. A regular periodically repeated pattern of arrangement of constituent particles in the entire crystal.
  • d. A true solid

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School students of classes 11th and 12th can register for Senior Science Olympiad in any or all of three subjects- Physics, Chemistry and Biology. There is no additional eligibility required.

The Shine Senior Science Olympiad(SSSO) helps students to judge their academic progress by giving them the chance of competing with students from all over the country. It can also prepare students well for other competitive exams such as JEE and NEET. SSSO is conducted in various science domains such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Shine Senior Science Olympiad's syllabus is grade agnostic for classes 11 and 12. Students can review the model questions provided along with the syllabus for greater clarity.